Jonathan Rourke

Book Review: Purity Is Possible, by Helen Thorne

Review by Jonathan Rourke | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018

What makes this book different? It’s written by a woman, engages the topic from a feminine perspective, and reveals why so many are using the erotic to escape reality.

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Ruth

By Jonathan Rourke | 07.20.2018

There are dozens of reasons to preach through Ruth, but I’ll limit it to four.

When Two Become One: Legal Considerations of a Church Merger

By Jonathan Rourke | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

This article outlines the legal considerations of a church merger. It’s not a recipe for the success of the marriage, but a roadmap for blending families. It’s not very romantic, but it’s necessary.

4 Ways to Categorize Complaints in the Church

By Jonathan Rourke | 05.27.2016

Hearing and responding to complaints is in the pastor’s job description. But how can we do this better?